Maybe you enjoy driving through the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania and you need a little something extra to keep you on the road. Maybe you make regular trips down to Reading or Allentown, and you’d rather avoid ending up in a highway ditch halfway to anywhere in the middle of a blizzard. Whatever the case, all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles can really come in handy for residents of Pine Grove. Thankfully, there are plenty of vehicles out there with great traction that won’t force you to break the bank to buy them.
Whether it’s an SUV, sedan, or hatchback, Subaru is the go-to company for all-wheel drive. While other companies may offer AWD as an option on all their SUV models, the Subaru Impreza is an inexpensive compact that comes as a sedan or a five-door hatchback with AWD standard on all models. A new Impreza also comes with an efficient direct-injection four-cylinder engine which gives the car 38 highway mpg despite the heavy AWD system.
However, if a compact SUV is more your speed, you can go with a Forester instead. The Forester is an SUV built on the Impreza’s frame, offering better ground clearance and more cargos space than the sedan in exchange for a somewhat higher price.
The Ford Fusion is a midsize sedan which offers Intelligent AWD on trim levels above the starting S. The cost is higher overall than the compact Impreza, but the I-AWD actively adjusts torque levels to each wheel depending on where it senses the car needs the most traction. However, while the Fusion offers both hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives to the normal models, these engines don’t come with AWD even as an option.
If you need more space than what you get from a sedan, and if you need an SUV that can actually take you off the beaten path with a good mix of power, handling, comfort, space, and affordability, then the Subaru Outback is definitely a good mix of all these qualities. Beyond the symmetrical AWD, the Outback also offers features like X-MODE, which optimizes the engine and AWD for low-friction surfaces like mud and ice. X-MODE is an aspect of the Subaru Outback’s Vehicle Dynamics Control, which adjusts torque and brake power to keep the Outback on its intended path.
Beyond Subaru and Ford, other worthy contenders for affordable all-wheel drive include Toyota trucks and Jeep SUVs, although these vehicles tend to focus more on utility than comfort. You also might want to consider buying an older luxury vehicle, since they often come with advanced AWD systems.
All-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles are more common today than they’ve ever been before, which means car buyers looking for that extra traction have plenty of options to choose from across the entire range of size and price categories. Just pick the one that works best for your needs and budget and you’ll be in great shape.